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While most girls are going to parties, Maggie is busy acting as mother and housewife to her two brothers and father. When she turns 16, Maggie hopes it will be a great year. But then she hears a noise in the woods that takes her on a path that changes her life forever....

Title : Maggie Come Lately
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ISBN : 9781600060823
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Maggie Come Lately Reviews

  • Michelle
    2019-06-16 03:52

    Whenever I read a book that contains any form of abuse--without meaning to--I remove my reader hat and slip on my professional one. I love it when an author gets the facts right. On the other hand, it irritates me to no end when the author gets something clearly wrong. In Maggie Come Lately Michelle Buckman got all of her facts right. The tension is very well done and the conflict develops at just the right pace. The title even fits the story. It's hard to say why it fits without giving any spoilers so I will dance around the facts a bit and say this-- more than once I wanted to shake Maggie and say, "It's right under your nose." But on the other hand, she was well-portrayed because most people don't see abuse that is right under their noses either. The character, Maggie, was a likeable character with realistic issues. I know, because my childhood was a lot like Maggie's. I had to do a lot of things in our home that my mother couldn't because she was bedridden with MS. I remember feeling like Maggie did, like I was responsible for so much stuff that I missed most of my childhood. So that struck a real chord in me. The author also did an amazing job at showing how boy/girl relationships should be based on mutual interests, and not just related to kissing, attraction, popularity, etc.There could have been some scenes where issues related to her abandonment by her mother were played out more, but Maggie had enough going on in other areas so I could see that the author might not want to overwhelm the reader. It would have been nice to see Maggie really grieve the loss (as a teen) of her mom's presence in her life. Maybe that will happen in the next book. One last point--I loved how the author showed how that sometimes when you get what you "think" you want, whenever it's at the expense of someone else's pain, then it loses it's attractivness quickly. Maggie Come Lately was a great read and I'd highly recommend it.

  • Tamara Rose Blodgett
    2019-06-06 04:36

    In all fairness I downloaded this book for free. It was not "billed" as a Christian read and I found the references throughout the book distracting and tiresome. Two "less preachy" reads would be the following: "The Soulkeepers" and "Meant to Be." I am not against Christian books at all (Peretti is fantastic), but think the product description needs to give an inkling as to what genre it is. This was well-written with a decent coming-of-age story that dealt with a myriad of different subjects with a deft hand. Maggie has a lot to cope with and has for some time. Her life is difficult and filled with a workload that is not typical or welcome. She's disciplined, moral and tenacious; all great qualities.The pacing is rather slow and things take too much time to reveal themselves. The dialogue from the "older adults" didn't seem to wash ( it felt "affected" and didn't "read" naturally). Also, as a parent myself, I can't imagine enforcing and condoning the work load and responsibilities this girl has been given and allowed to shoulder. There also seems to be inconsistencies with the family's socioeconomic status as well. At first they are portrayed as poor and that goes back in forth in the details. Overall, I think Christian families that want a "clean" YA read that has a decent story with some intrigue and moral groundings will like this. (In my opinion)it is not contemporary enough in its dialogue to capture interest in the secular group. I could be wrong but I know it would not resonate with the teens I'm acquainted with.

  • Erin
    2019-05-25 04:39

    I don't really know what to think of this book. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it hadn't tried to tackle so much. It was probably the situations involving Andrea or Tony that bugged me the most. While most of the characters stood decently well on their own, Andrea seemed to pop up and act, not consistently, but according to what the specific situation demanded to push the story forward. It just didn't seem to fit with her profession to be so out-of-touch with how others were reacting to her actions. And with Tony (without getting spoilery), I'll just say that based on all the brothers I know, I found his reactions to some of things that happened to his sister pretty puzzling. It made me think that there was something more there than just his age and his attitude toward their family structure, and I really wish that had been explored more.Clean Reads Warning: Some crude euphemisms scattered throughout and discussion of sex and alcohol/drug use, though not detailed and done with description of consequences. Does focus on multiple topics that would be inappropriate for younger audiences (e.g. suicide, sexual assault).

  • Elaine
    2019-06-12 01:52

    This book is well-written. Keeps up a good pace. Maggie just turned 16. Her father is bringing home a woman for the first time since Maggie's mother died about 12 years prior. Andrea steamrolls the family home by speaking her mind from day one and quickly making changes inside their house.Maggie has been saddled with many responsibilities, from making dinner, doing dishes, taking care of her younger brothers, and even selecting and purchasing a washing machine and being alone when it is delivered. She is forced to endure even more when she stumbles upon a series of events in her own neighborhood. All at once people start hanging around unpopular Maggie and her just as unpopular friend Dixie. They want details. And dates.Deals with tough issues. Suicide, rape, molestation. Being unpopular.

  • Laurie
    2019-06-16 06:33

    I downloaded this book for free. It wasn't bad at all, but just not great. Reminded me a lot of what the kids are like in high school. I just couldn't tell where it was going a lot of the time. Was it trying to be a light-hearted read or delve into the deeper issues it was raising? I thought the handling of the stuff w/ the youngest brother as well as what happened to Maggie near the end was taken way too lightly, especially by the father. Glad I read it, but nowhere near my top, must-reads.

  • Michelle Kidwell
    2019-06-06 03:48

    Powerful storyline, well developed Characters, and a strong message, and all without Vampires, loved the Christian Message behind this determined young woman's story, though this is a work of fiction, you couldn't help but feel for Maggie and all the changes she was having to face.

  • Y.I. Lee
    2019-06-16 02:35

    Not a bad story... discriptive and with good characterisation. I appreciated​ the sensitive spiritual imput.On a negative note I found it dragged a bit in parts, but on the whole a good read.

  • Carol Kean
    2019-06-17 03:47

    At last, a writer who can write, and a contemporary teen heroine who isn't full of herself! Maggie is a marvelous character, and the social issues she faces are timely and relvant --rape, molestation, the trustworthy neighbor who isn't, the attitudes of teen guys, the superficiality of so many h.s. relationships. I bought this book new (not as a free download, not even a $3 e-book, but a paper copy from, and was hoping I wouldn't have to cringe and get ride of another wasted purchase from a small press. A publisher with a P.O. box in Colorado Springs? Wouldn't bother with it normally, but the subject matter is near and dear to my heart, so I gave it a chance. What a pleasure to find a writer with simple command of English, AND who can construct a plausible plot with a satisfying ending AND keep me turning pages. I put in 70 minutes at a time reading this while sweating away on the elliptical, and I wanted to keep reading it long after my knees said "enough." I started reading lots of YA novels in my late 40s, and this one is as good as the best of them, and it's far better than most of them. The prose isn't startlingly beautiful the way Rod Usher's is, but Rod doesn't write YA. Joyce Carol Oates wrote a few YA novels dealing with gritty social issue like those Maggie faces in this novel. Again, the prose style here may not be as hard-hitting as JCO's, but the story is so engaging, and the "whodunnit" was not obvious to me (I considered at least three contenders for who committed the crimes). Whoever said the ending was predictable must not have factored in a certain neighbor woman who'd kept a few secrets over the years. Webb. Omigosh, I love that guy. Full of pleasant surprises, especially the night of the party. And his reply, later on, to a very personal question from Maggie -- well written, and "good call," Michelle! Tony and Billy, Maggie's younger brothers, are very well drawn. The way Maggie is forced to play mother (more so than sister) to them is convincing and poignant. My mom's mother died and left her with two brothers, so Mom grew up as competent and independent as Maggie, and I saw nothing unbelievable about any of Maggie's extraordinary character. Maggie's relationship to her father is also complex and well written. I'll say no more for fear of plot spoilers, but the lime-green surprise was one of my favorite chapters. Again: well done! Certain details did annoy me: throwing away a brand new set of sheets? Arrghh!! I don't care if it makes a statement. I recently knocked another novel down to 3 vs 4 stars because of the teen heroine's willingness to sacrifice an expensive violin as a way to express her frustration about being pressured to win a competition. But this time, the novel overall was so satisfying, I didn't lower the score for the wasteful attitude toward material possessions. I'd recommend this to my own daughters, but they don't like to read YA, and they're 18 and 16. Why do I still love the genre so much? Because writers like Michelle Buckman can pull me into that world and remind me of those fragile years, the hope and promise, the novelty and energy. Chic lit about pudgy, middle aged housewives, I won't buy it, but novels like this one are worth the money I paid. As for complaints about this being an overtly Christian novel, I disagree. Not once did it came across as didactic or too strongly delivering a moral. I've read too many YA novels where teen sex is normal, even welcomed, or even initiated, by the protagonist, without any consequences.

  • Zury
    2019-06-02 06:53

    So this book was interesting. The ending was cute and I liked how it worked itself out in the end so it left me somewhat satisfied. However, I felt as if this book was more "preachy" as opposed to just telling me the story. And not necessarily because of the fact that they all had faith and spoke about God. It was beyond that. I understand that Maggie dwelt on the horrible incident on what happened to Sue but must they dwell the entire book on it? And yet when something traumatic happened to Billy - her younger brother that she holds so dearly to her life - admits to what really did happen to him they only spend about a chapter's worth talking about it? Seriously? I find that hard to believe. I was more worried and interested in what happened to Billy than to Sue by the time I got to that chapter. And it felt "preachy" in the sense that this book felt more like explaining the emotions, statistics and research involved in an incident of rape. I get that it's a serious issue/problem but the author made it seem like the purpose of the book was to educate her audience about rape and about faith as opposed to just explaining a traumatic incident of rape, trying to move on and then in the acknowledgements mention what to do if you are a victim of abuse. It actually just felt like a "book" as opposed to a "novel" if that makes any sense. Things also felt like it dragged on. I kept reading it wanting it to finish and see how it all ended but at times I wanted it to just wrap it up. Aside from that, I did appreciate the research involved in writing this book. Everything felt accurate and on point especially in regards to the rape/abuse plot. I enjoyed how the reasons behind why Maggie was so mad and hateful over Andrea taking over was revealed in the dialogue between her father and Jessie (her best friend's mother) without Maggie having to truly say it or even realize the truth. Everything was made clear as the book progresses and we see Maggie finally accept who she is in the end rather than dwelling on wanting Sue's life. Overall it was a good book but it could have been better.

  • Deb
    2019-06-18 02:55

    Maggie's mother was married and pregnant at 16. Four years later, she takes her own life leaving Maggie to take care of her two younger brothers and their father.Now Maggie is 16. She is not popular at school, but has friends she hangs out with. She considers herself 'invisible'. Suddenly, Maggie's life is turned upside down. Her father brings home a woman for her and her brothers to meet - who proceeds to rearrange the house, repaint rooms, and generally try to 'take over'. Then she finds one of her classmates stabbed, raped, and left for dead. Now Maggie finds herself in the spotlight. Boys are showing interest in here where none had before and she is no longer invisible.----I felt the author did a phenomenal job in the research for this book, and an equally fantastic job in the writing of it! The attitudes as well as reactions to events and other people are very real and are easy to relate to. I would definitely recommend this to any teen - particularly the girls - who is looking for a good story. Not only is the plot excellent, but the author gives the reader knowledge and information that is true to real-life that flows so smoothly into and along with the story that the reader will likely be unaware they are picking up the 'lessons'. It doesn't in any way read as a 'lesson', but the message is there for anyone willing to open their mind and realize it.

  • Jill Williamson
    2019-06-12 02:45

    Maggie Come Lately, by Michelle Buckman, is a poignant story about a young girl searching for herself. All her life Maggie has taken care of her father, two younger brothers, the housework, and the cooking. She isn’t popular at school, has a crush on a boy who barely knows she’s alive, and her father has a new girlfriend. Maggie flees to her forest sanctuary to get away from it all and stumbles onto a girl who’s been attacked. She calls 911 and does her best to help the girl.When she goes to school, she’s become an overnight celebrity hero. Maggie loves the attention she’s getting, but not the reason. Why are people so obsessed with someone else’s tragedy? Her dad’s new girlfriend starts spending more and more time at their house, rearranging the furniture and painting the walls. Maggie feels like she’s losing her place, her brothers don’t care, and she’s got no one she can go to for help. A Christy Award finalist, this novel draws the reader into a compelling story with real-life issues. I was amazed how wonderfully Michelle Buckman wove characters and plot to write about such a serious topic without being preachy. Maggie is a real girl with real problems. Readers will identify with her struggles and hopefully admire the way Maggie pulls it all together to discover who she really is. Highly recommended.

  • LeAnne
    2019-06-04 01:34

    The prologue is a poignant and powerful view of the depression and suicide of Maggies mother. The close third-person narration (occasionally moving into alternate points-of-view) draws readers into Maggies typical teen desire to be normal or even popular. This is an agenda-driven book, albeit quite well-done. The agendaawareness of the dangers of sexual predatorsis one we all approve, but in my opinion the book would have been stronger if the author hadnt tried to take on so much. We are dealing with violent sexual assault, date rape, homosexual child molestation, post-partum depression, suicide, the emptiness of popularity and a bossy potential step-parent all in the same book.Mggie Come Lately is well-written and deserving of its status as a Christy finalist in the young adult category. Nevertheless, I found motivation for the climax extremely weak and a couple other places strained credulity as the author manipulated conversations to get her points across. The characters are conservative Christians whose faith is important in their search for solutions, but at no point does a religious agenda take over.

  • PaulaPhillips
    2019-06-18 04:47

    For Maggie, life has not been easy as she has always had to play the mother role as when she was four years old, her mother committed suicide. Now Maggie is celebrating her sixteenth birthday and it seems everyone has forgotten . All Maggie ever wants is to be popular like one of the cheerleaders at school - Sue. As Sue's boyfriend Wes is her crush. So on her birthday, Maggie wishes that life was easy and she could for once be popular. But being popular isn't all it is cracked up to be as Maggie will realise when she's walking home one day and saves Sue from death. It seems that there is a lot of nasty stuff going on in Maggie's neighbourhood .What will happen though, when Maggie's dad brings home a new girlfriend and Maggie feels pushed out, will her being lonely lead in her to the wrong pair of arms and Maggie end up like Sue ? Find out in Maggie Come Lately , this book has a christian perspective to it but if you are looking for a clean teen book , then this is not the one for you as it deals with issues of suicide and rape.

  • Bridget
    2019-06-15 02:57

    Wow. Every teenaged girl should read this; I haven't found any other book that even comes close to capturing the emotions and insecurities that make "the best years of your life" (according to people who don't remember them so well) into what are (hopefully) the worst years of your life. As a warning, it deals with a lot of intense subjects like rape and sexual abuse of minors. But these subjects are mostly just referred to throughout the book. In short, they're handled pretty delicately, and there isn't anything graphic.

  • Amanda
    2019-06-04 02:52

    This book was not what I expected. That being said, once I got over my misleading expectations I appreciated this book for showing a heroine that is mature and yet realistic (imperfect) and for tackling some major issues about sexual abuse. Some of the issues were well discussed and brought to satisfying conclusions, but I was left hanging on a couple issues that were thrown in but the resolution was skimmed over. The author attempted a little too much for one story. Overall well researched and I applaud her effort.

  • Becky
    2019-06-22 23:51

    I realize this is a YA novel and that I should know going into it, it won't be too heavy. I wish it would have been more though. I liked the slight presence of the Christian values/morals, etc. in the story. Maggie, the main character, was just okay to me. There were times I cheered for her (fighting against her father's new woman) but other times thought she was really annoying (Webb for instance.)

  • Mary Esseff
    2019-06-15 02:40

    In Maggie Come Lately author Michelle Buckman tackled issues that many teenagers are facing: single parent home, caregiver of siblings, adult responsibilities when still a child herself, rape and sexual abuse, classmate issues, Christian values, among others. The story was well-paced and intriguing. When finished reading it (hard copy), I sent it to my two teenaged granddaughters for a must read.

  • C.J. Darlington
    2019-06-05 06:37

    Extremely well written, this is a real, down to earth, YA novel. It doesn't shy from depicting life realistically yet offers hope. Great for the teen girls in your life who are tired of the saccharine.

  • LadyCalico
    2019-05-26 01:57

    I rather enjoyed this book even though it was aimed at a way younger audience than Yours Truly. It's refreshing to read a Christian author who recognizes that not every kid is raised By the Cleavers. I liked Maggie and how she tried to play the hands life dealt her with dignity and grace.

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    2019-06-09 00:40

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  • Traci
    2019-05-25 03:33

    Christian Teen books? Free on Kindle. It was good, personally I think it could have used a little bit of polishing to be 4-5 stars. Touches on the topics of sexual abuse.

  • Jerlyn Thomas
    2019-06-25 05:42

    I liked it but it was too focused on religion.

  • Alina hagan
    2019-06-04 03:35

    it was really good but i saw the ending coming

  • Zoe Mccaffrey
    2019-05-31 22:50

    Some suspense/whodunnit ultimately a brilliant book, scary if you have teenage girls but a very worthwhile read

  • Virginia
    2019-06-24 00:43

    Great book!! Very intense but very well written! The characters are developed etremely well written and it had me fotill the end!oled

  • Heaven
    2019-06-14 00:38

    This a really good book.

  • Amanda
    2019-06-19 00:28

    i bought this book at a bookstore randomly one night and i ended up loving it! its awesome for any teenage girly to read :)

  • Audrey Grant
    2019-05-28 03:39

    This covers some very sensitive material, but very relevant material to our lives today. Scary but true...

  • Monica
    2019-06-18 04:47

    Great book for teenage girls. I would recommend it to anyone with daughters 12 and up. This book has Christian themes, but not overdone.

  • Staci
    2019-06-05 00:33

    free kindle book